Eocene Aged Fossil Snake Egg - Bouxwiller, France

This is a very unusual fossil, it is an Eocene aged fossil snake egg from Bouxwiller, France. These were laid on the bank of a lake during the Eocene period, about 50 million years ago. The rock formation was exposed in a now abandoned quarry and over 44 vertebrate species were described from the location in 1983. These eggs were identified as coming from a snake of the genus Ophidenovum.

This particular egg has been replaced with calcite and you can see through it when put up to a light. These fully calcite replaced eggs are rarer and considered higher quality specimens by collected.

Scan of the first page of the original paper describing this fauna in 1983 (in French)
Scan of the first page of the original paper describing this fauna in 1983 (in French)



DETAILS
SPECIES
Ophidenovum sp.
AGE
LOCATION
Bouxwiller, France
SIZE
.6" long
ITEM
#12965
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